The New England Patriots will enter Sunday's game against the New York Jets, the hottest team in the NFL. They have everything going for them. A coach proceeded as the best in the game, a quarterback that doesn't make mistakes, a defense that everyone thinks is coming around and all the hype to go with it.
What people are failing to realize is that the Pats have been here before. Three years ago the Pats were already being labeled as the best team of all-time. Tom Brady was as close to perfect as you could get. The team was thriving into the playoffs on top of the world...too bad the season doesn't end after Week 17.
The cold, hard truth is that everyone has a clean slate in the playoffs, it's a whole new season. Unfortunately for the Patriots, all of Brady's stats (like in 2007) don't matter now.
Forget about what happened five weeks ago in that 45-3 beat down. If history shows us anything, it's that what happened yesterday doesn't matter tomorrow.
"I didn't come here to kiss Belichick's rings," Rex Ryan said last year. And I believe him.
He doesn't fear Belichick and his team doesn't fear the Patriots. The only thing that loss five weeks ago at Foxboro did was motivate the Jets, and they do believe they will win this game.
Come Sunday, one things for certain, Jason Taylor and that Jets defense are not going to sit back and let Brady do what he wants...they're going to hit him and they're going to hit him hard.